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2014 Conference Agenda

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Session Track Key
green icon Temporary Assistance for Needy Families
light blue icon Education, Training, and Success in the Labor Market
yellow icon Child and Youth Well-Being
orange icon Fatherhood, Relationships, and Strengthening Families
purple icon Evaluating Social Programs: Building and Using Evidence
blue icon Approaches to Alleviate Poverty and Strengthen the Safety Net

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Wednesday, May 28 – 8:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.
7:30 a.m. –5:15 p.m. Registration and Information Desk Open
8:30 – 9:00 a.m. Opening Remarks  Video
9:00 – 10:30 a.m. Plenary Session
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Exploring Policy Options to Promote Economic Mobility  Video

10:30 a.m. Break
10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Concurrent Breakout Sessions
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Developing Evidence on “What Works” in Moving TANF Recipients to Work through Job Search

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Dual Generation Strategies to Support Families

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Participant Experiences in Healthy Marriage and Responsible Fatherhood Programs

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The Permanency Innovations Initiative: Strategies for Building and Evaluating Interventions

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The Behavioral Interventions to Advance Self-Sufficiency Project: Applying Behavioral Economics Principles to Child Support Programs  Video

12:00 – 1:30 p.m. Lunch On Your Own
12:30 – 1:30 p.m.

Lunchtime Panel Discussion on Careers in Research Related to Poverty, Family Self-Sufficiency, and Social Welfare

1:30 – 2:45 p.m. Plenary Session
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Understanding Psychological Processes and Executive Functioning Principles in Human Services Programs Video

2:45 – 4:00 p.m. Emerging Scholars Poster Session
  • Rayane Alamuddin (Northwestern University)
    Do Mothers’ Past Educational Experiences Relate to their Engagement with Children’s Learning?
  • Soonok An (The University of Georgia)
    Determinants of Screening Behaviors for Domestic Violence under the Family Violence Option
  • Anamarie Auger (University of California, Irvine)
    Early Childhood Programs and Parental Characteristics of Service and Support Utilization
  • Mary Caplan (University of Georgia, Athens)
    Trends in Consumer Debt among Social Benefits Recipients
  • Alix Gould-Werth (University of Michigan)
    The Road to Recovery after Job Loss: A Racially Divided Path
  • Devlin Hanson (The Urban Institute)
    Impact of Family Unification Vouchers on Child Welfare Outcomes
  • Benjamin Cerf Harris (U.S. Census Bureau)
    Veterans' SNAP Eligibility and Participation During the Great Recession: Administrative Records and the American Community Survey
  • Anna Johnson (Georgetown University)
    Combining Food Assistance Programs to Reduce Food Insecurity in Early Childhood
  • Rachel Kirzner (Drexel University)
    Neighborhood Violence and TANF Receipt
  • Molly Knowles (Drexel University)
    A Mixed-Methods Analysis of the Impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences on TANF and SNAP Recipients
  • Stacey Lloyd (Johns Hopkin University)
    A Critical Evaluation of Intervention Programs for Children Exposed to Maltreatment
  • Eleanor Ott (University of Oxford)
    Improving Resettled Refugees’ Self-Sufficiency and Well-Being: Evidence from a Systematic Review and a Cross-Sectional Survey
  • Stephanie Rennane (University of Maryland)
    Do Public Transfers Crowd Out Family Transfers? Studying the Family’s Role in Helping the Disabled
  • Cassandra Robertson (Harvard University)
    Mother Knows Best? Women’s Control of Economic Resources and Child Outcomes in Low-Income Fragile Families
  • Rhucha Samudra (American University)
    Estimating the Impact of Job Search Assistance on the Employment Outcomes for TANF Recipients
  • Aleta Sprague (New America Foundation)
    Re-Conceptualizing Public Assistance as a Vehicle for Financial Inclusion
  • Alexandra Stanczyk (The University of Chicago)
    TANF Generosity, State-Provided Maternity Leave, and the Material Well-Being of Low-Income Families with Infants
  • Caleb White (Nevada Department of Health and Human Services)
    Using Survival Models to Improve the Accuracy of Caseload Forecasting in Social Services
  • Sharon Wolf (New York University)
    School Quality Moderates Impacts of a Conditional Cash Transfer Program: Evidence from an Experimental Evaluation
  • Ting Zhang (University of Baltimore)
    Post-Recession Socioeconomic Environment and Local Job Access for Work-Eligible TANF Recipients
  • Afshin Zilanawala (University College London)
    Race, Romance, and Non-Resident Father Involvement Resilience: Factors Hiding in Plain Sight
4:00 – 5:15 p.m.

Concurrent Breakout Sessions

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Understanding the Dynamics of Disconnection  Video

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Promising Approaches in Advancement-Focused Workforce Development

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Teen Pregnancy Prevention among Youth in Foster Care

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Strategies for Getting Inside the “Black Box” of Employment and Training Programs

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Evaluations in Tribal Communities: Culturally Relevant, Collaborative Approaches and Measure Development

5:15 p.m.

Social Gathering
Grand Slam Sports Bar, Grand Hyatt

Thursday, May 29 – 8:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.
7:30 a.m.– 5:15 p.m. Registration and Information Desk Open
8:30 – 8:45 a.m.

Opening Remarks

8:45 – 10:00 a.m. Plenary Session
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Exploring Fatherhood and the Transition to Adulthood for Low-Income Men and Youth  Video

10:00 a.m. Break
10:15 – 11:30 a.m. Concurrent Breakout Sessions
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New Approaches to Subsidized Employment

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Understanding Services and Opportunities for Disconnected and At-Risk Youth

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Ensuring Self-Sufficiency Impact Studies are Focused on the Population of Policy Interest

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Evaluating an Earned Income Tax Credit for Single Adults  Video

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Using Rigorous Methods to Study Housing Stability and Family Homelessness

11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lunch On Your Own
11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. Munch and Mingle Lunch Gathering
1:00 – 2:15 p.m. Concurrent Breakout Sessions
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Issues in County, State, and Tribal TANF Programs

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Career Pathways: Target Population Characteristics and Outcomes

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Addressing Disparities Faced By Young Men of Color: The New York City Young Men's Initiative

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Rapid Cycle Evaluation: Helping State and Local Policy Makers Make Good Decisions  Video

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Research on LGBT Populations and Human Services: Recent Findings and Future Directions

2:15 p.m.


2:30 – 3:45 p.m.

Facilitated Roundtable Discussions

Asset Building in Native Communities

Using Tools from Implementation Science to Increase the Rigor of Large Scale Implementation Studies

Network Analysis: The Impact of Participant Social Capital on Job Training Program Success

Behavioral Diagnosis and Design from the Behavioral Interventions to Advance Self-Sufficiency Project

Integrating Health and Human Services: New Findings about Overlapping Eligibility Under the Affordable Care Act

OPRE’s Family Self-Sufficiency and Stability Research Consortium: An AWESOME Initiative

Trial and Error in Public Policy: Lessons from Business on Rapid, Iterative Experimentation

  • Jim Manzi (Manhattan Institute for Policy Research)

TANF and SSI: Small Overlaps, Promising Pilots

Promoting Financial Capability

Understanding Men and Boys as Victims of Trauma

Poverty Measurement for the 21st Century

TANF and Family Homelessness: Understanding and Informing State Approaches to Housing, Supportive Services, and Innovative Practice

Families Under Stress: Responding to the Needs of Military and Veteran Families with Young Children

Best Practices in Research Dissemination and Communication

The Intersections of Research and Practice for Supporting Youth Development

SNAP Employment and Training Pilots

3:45 p.m. Break
4:00 – 5:15 p.m. Plenary Session
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Examining New Initiatives to Promote Skill-Building among Low-Income Individuals  Video

Friday, May 30: 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
7:45 a.m.– 1:00 p.m. Registration and Information Desk Open
8:30 – 9:45 a.m. Concurrent Breakout Sessions
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Building Blocks to Economic Self-Sufficiency: Increasing Financial Capabilities for Recipients of TANF and Other Social Services  Video

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Exploring Employment Opportunities for Hard-to-Serve Youth

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The Role of Fathers in Home Visiting Programs

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Emerging Research on Child Support Issues

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Identifying Evidence-Based Programs and Strategies for Low-Income Families Using Systematic Reviews

9:45 a.m. Break
10:00 – 10:15 a.m. Closing Remarks
10:15 – 11:30 a.m. Plenary Session
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How to Build Reliable Evidence and Inform Policy—Lessons from 40 Years of Welfare Research  Video

11:30 a.m. Break
11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Concurrent Breakout Sessions
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Employment Services for Tribal Populations

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Early Findings from the National Survey of Early Care and Education

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Intersection of Intimate Partner Violence and Economic Factors

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What Really Happened: Conceptualizing and Measuring Healthy Marriage and Responsible Fatherhood Programs

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Drivers of Economic Mobility: Which Factors Matter for Families’ Movement Up the Economic Ladder?  Video

1:00 p.m. Conference Adjourns